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Last Wednesday, our Rotary Club presented a Community Grants check for $1,000 to Dr. Janet Landreth, founder and director of the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival. The grant money will support IKO&F's six-day classical music competition for piano held each summer at CSU since 2011.  The event's agenda includes guest artists' concerts, master classes, workshops, and the competition itself which brings piano contestants, ages 13-35, from 25 states and 25 countries.  2,500 people are expected to attend and/or participate in this year's competition, August 5-10, 2024.  The IKO&F supports a holistic program for the pianists' growth and performing wellness, and helps to establish Fort Collins' reputation as an important cultural destination on the global arts map.  Rotarians are encouraged to participate as event volunteers; see Susan Brand for more information.
New Rotarian Dawn Brownne is a Colorado native and CSU graduate in Wildlife Biology.  As a devoted softball player, she played for CSU and recreationally for over 35 years.  As a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional with the Colorado Department of Wildlife, she was on the ground floor of mapping real estate holdings, area, and game management unit boundaries.  She was a baseball and fastpitch softball umpire for 40 years, and enjoys hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.  Dawn also enjoys investing as a hobby, having started an investment club several years ago.
New member Anita Basham is a retired nurse anesthetist and passionate world traveler.  As the wife of a CSU horticulture professor, she lived in Kuwait during Desert Storm, traveled to Yemen, Bolivia and Ethiopia, and was a resident of Armenia for 4 years.  She served 8 years on the Fort Collins Affordable Housing Board, and was appointed by the City Council to the Commission for Community Development and Block Grants.  She continues to be adventurous, whitewater rafting the Colorado River last year, with plans to travel this October to Kenya and Tanzania.
This Wednesday, April 10th, at the luncheon meeting of Rotary in the Lincoln Center, our guest speaker is Matt Vincent.  Ralph Smith will introduce Matt.  Our speaker is the author of two well-received books highlighting explorers, gunfighters, settlers, U.S. Cavalry officers, and others who lived and fought on the flatlands of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. He collaborated with a local artist, Brigitte Shafer, to craft a series of compelling stories of hardship, inventiveness and sometimes mean-spiritedness of the early days of settlement of the eastern plains.     
Suzanne Barslund of People Helping People will be our speaker for our Evening meeting at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd at Sweetwater Brewery. For Suzanne, People Helping People is an opportunity for all of us to do our little bit and to be reminded that we are the United States of America. As People Helping People, we can provide those in need with the items they need to feel more settled at home.
The program for our April 3 noon meeting was presented by Fort Collins City Mayor Jeni Arndt.  In a departure from the more usual format, after some very short introductory remarks, Mayor Arndt simply proposed to respond to questions from the audience.  She commented that, in her position as representing the citizens of Fort Collins, every Wednesday afternoon she has open office hours for citizen interaction, scheduled in half-hour increments.  The city also is working toward setting up a Citizen Assembly to provide a format for interaction between city government and the citizens of the city.  
 
 
The STEM Grant was for the new Rocketry Engineering Course at Lincoln Middle School. This model rocketry course incorporates math and science standards, and exposes students to potential career paths in aerospace engineering. In this class, students will design and build model rockets, make predictions and collect data, launch their designs, and experiment with design. The grant money will be used to purchase needed supplies to support this hands-on STEM experience.
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